Brain shaped white jigsaw puzzle on blue background, a missing piece of the brain puzzle, mental health and problems with memory

Worried About Developing Dementia or Alzheimer’s? I am reaching an age where everyone I know is worried about developing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or some other degenerative brain disease.  In the last two years, two close friends have gotten the bad news: one friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the other with Alzheimer’s.  Both individuals are in…

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Cows in a pasture

In today’s installment of “life is stranger than fiction,” I discuss the impact of cow and sheep burps on global warming and how scientists are solving the bovine burping crisis We have been told that human consumption of meat is a significant contributor to climate change (it is) but given no solution other than not…

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Jewish Funeral Traditions explained

Why Don’t Jews Have Flowers at Funerals?   Tradition When Jews point to tradition to explain a religious or cultural practice, this usually indicates, as confirmed by Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, that no one knows “why” Jews do what they do.  I have been a Jew for 62 years (which is a long time),…

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Is A Risk Factor That Can Hurt Unborn Babies

Active Ingredient in Tylenol is…. The active ingredient in Tylenol (known as either acetaminophen or paracetamol) is widely used by pregnant women to alleviate pain and fever.   However, new research is pointing to a correlation between Tylenol and altered fetal development that increases the risk of certain developmental problems.  And, as you may have guessed,…

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Measuring blood pressure

Like many people my age, I have high blood pressure and take drugs to control this condition.   I also am a regular user of many common brands of over-the-counter pain medication.   However, I didn’t know that many common over-the-counter pain medications worsened my blood pressure problems.   This is a sensitive topic for me.  My father…

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brain icon, side view. isolated vector mind, psychology and medical symbol

More than one-third of all people who live to age 85 will develop a degenerative neurological disease, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most significant source of suffering.   But, you can do something to help cure this epidemic of suffering. You can be a hero and do an “Absolute Good.“ You can help cure Alzheimer’s and…

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Female research team studying DNA mutations. Computer screens with DNA helix in foreground

It appears that approximately 20% of unexplained sudden cardiac deaths actually have a straightforward explanation – bad genes.   You can read more about the findings of a University of Maryland Medical School researcher by clicking here and here.   But, how do you find out if you have bad genes before becoming a statistic?   This Topic Is…

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living will with pills and eyeglasses

Types Of Wills Did you know that there are at least three types of wills?   Most people don’t.   From their names, you might think that the three most common types of wills are all similar; you couldn’t be more wrong.   There is no connection between the three types of wills other than the similarity in…

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Star of David on an old headstone in an ancient jewish cemetery.

I know firsthand how much it costs to be Jewish in South Florida.   I am used to paying more for essentially everything – food, education, and housing.   Why Should Jews Pay More To Die?   We shouldn’t.  It should not cost more to bury a Jew than a Christian or agnostic.     In fact, I think a…

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Death Certificate with pen. Close-up of top of certificate

I know that this isn’t the most fun topic I have ever emailed you about, but it is still important.     Death certificates are some of the least understood legal documents in America.     What is a certified Florida death certificate? Death certificates are official legal documents issued by Florida that certify an individual’s date,…

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